If they are something like a butter cookie, make sure you are baking at a low temperature – 200 – 250 degrees F – so that the cookies bake through but do not colour or are just golden.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment and set aside.
Moreover, the lower the oven temperature, the more evenly the cookie bakes, with less of a contrast between the edges and the center. In fact, when the oven temperature gets low enough (around 275°F (135°C) and below), you completely lose any contrast, producing a cookie that’s more or less homogenous across the board.
Cookie temperatures fluctuate, with some recipes as low as 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few as high as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, but most recipes land on 375 or 350 to evenly bake the entirety of the cookie.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. … Make sure that the cookies are spaced apart to allow for spreading while baking. Place a few extra chocolate chips right on top of each cookie.
LOWER THE TEMPERATURE
“Bake low and slow,” says Matheus. Turn your oven down 50 degrees from what your recipe recommends. “When you bake at a lower temperature, you will get that perfect cookie with a soft center and crisp exterior,” she adds.
Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, still pale tips and soft in center, about 8-10 minutes.
Bake these cookies long and slow: 20 minutes at 300 degrees. But watch the time as every oven is different. Don’t overcook; edges should brown but centers should be pale and soft as the cookie will darken after you remove from oven.
Generally, cookies are baked in a moderate oven — 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) — for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
When baked at a lower temperature, the dough has more of a chance to spread out, leading to flatter, wider cookies. Conversely, cookies baked at higher temperatures spread less. Even a difference of as little as 50°F makes a big difference.
We’ve found that the optimal temperature for cookie baking is 350F. It gives the butter in the dough time to melt and lightly spread before the remaining ingredients cook through. When your oven is too hot, it rushes this process, resulting in a puffy, dry and potentially burnt batch.